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Globalised climate precarity: Environmental degradation, disasters and the international brick trade

Parsons, Laurie; de Campos, Ricardo Safra; Moncaster, Alice; Cook, Ian; Siddiqui, Tasneem; Abenyake, Chethika; Buddha Jayasinghe, Amila; Mishra, Pratik; Scungio, Luis; Long, Ly Vouch; Billah, Tamim

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Laurie Parsons

Ricardo Safra de Campos

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Alice Moncaster
Professor in Digital and Sustainable Construction

Ian Cook

Tasneem Siddiqui

Chethika Abenyake

Amila Buddha Jayasinghe

Pratik Mishra

Luis Scungio

Ly Vouch Long

Tamim Billah


Climate-linked disasters result when natural hazards meet socioeconomic precarity. Recognizing this, scholarship in recent years has emphasized how the precarity that turns climate-linked hazards into disasters is produced within the same global political economy that enables climate change. Nevertheless, despite growing interest in the ways in which the dynamics of global economic history shapes contemporary hazard vulnerability, less attention has been directed toward the dynamism of the contemporary global economy and particularly the ways in which global material flows shape environmental risk. From this standpoint, this article argues, first, the need to account for the economic dynamics of global trade in shaping the factors that intensify disaster risk, and second, the role of multiscalar agency. Exemplifying this issue through a case study of international brick imports from South Asia to the United Kingdom, the article provides a heuristic example of how contemporary globalized flows of goods link local vulnerabilities to economic processes originating thousands of miles away. In an increasingly globalized world, it thus foregrounds a dynamic, global perspective on the genus of climate precarity.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 24, 2023
Online Publication Date Jan 22, 2024
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date Jan 15, 2024
Publicly Available Date Apr 12, 2024
Journal Annals of the American Association of Geographers
Print ISSN 2469-4452
Electronic ISSN 2469-4460
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 114
Issue 3
Pages 520-535
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